Some Histories is a chapbook, published by Templar Poetry. It examines the destruction of lives and communities resulting from the catastrophic bursting of the newly built Dale Dyke dam in the Bradfield valley above Sheffield in March 1864. Many of the poems focus on individual victims of the Flood, imagining their lives at the time of the disaster. There are many photographs documenting the trail of destruction: I was struck by the fact that many of the pictures showed the fronts of houses and other buildings ripped away, revealing their domestic interiors, and thought that this in many ways reflected what I was trying to achieve in the poems.
‘lyrical and, occasionally, heart-breaking… a superb mixture of real history and poetry, with an accumulation of detail being used to excellent effect.’ – Matt Merritt, Polyolbion
The book can be bought from the Templar website.